[vlc-devel] [RFC] Dropping support for OS X 10.5

Felix Paul Kühne fkuehne.videolan at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 15:18:21 CEST 2012

On 17.08.2012, at 15:11, Jean-Baptiste Kempf <jb at videolan.org> wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 03:09:13PM +0200, Felix Paul Kühne wrote :
>> about 4 months ago, Rémi introduced the use of new atomic functions which are not supported by GCC 4.2, which is the latest compiler version available for Apple's PowerPC platform. Yes, you can compile clang yourself, but trust me, I've done that and it's nothing you'd want to use in a production environment.
> We need a replacement for those functions anyway...
For which platform?

For once, I can agree with Rémi. These functions are supported by any sane OS on any sane platform. Even *BSD support them on PowerPC...

>> However, we would still have to provide versions for 2 architectures on OS X (32bit and 64bit Intel), since OS X 10.6 still supports the Yonah architecture (Core Solo and Core Duo), which is limited to 32bit. This isn't exactly a big deal though.
> Drop both PPC and i686.

Fine with me. More than that. But dropping i686 will lead to panic screams...

Anyway, it's better to drop both at the same time than i686 next year or something. I wouldn't mind continuing to maintain 2.0 for these architectures for some time after 2.1.

Best regards,


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